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53 Delicious, Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes You’ve Got to Try


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Thanksgiving is a time of plenty and nothing says “feast” quite like an array of sides. These easy Thanksgiving side dishes make quick work of this mega-feast.

In fact, some of these quick Thanksgiving side dishes are so simple to make, you can even prep them a day or two in advance. Who doesn’t want to spend less time cooking on Thanksgiving?

Bowl of chopped brussel sprout salad, plate of cooked green beans with almonds & bowl of apple pomegranate salad. Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | A Reinvented Mom

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Each year my family feasts on our tried-and-true easy Thanksgiving sides like Orange Salad and Katie’s Cornbread Casserole

But I also use Thanksgiving as a chance to try a few new ideas too. This year Bacon Wrapped Green Beans and Maple Walnut Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are on my short list.

Related: need an easy, no fuss dessert? Check out Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Easy Recipes for Thanksgiving

These 53 easy Thanksgiving dishes not only allow you to quickly whip up some tasty dishes this Thanksgiving but also give back precious time to spend with your family. That’s what the holiday is all about after all!

As I plan for the big meal, I’ll identify a few make-ahead side dishes. These will get prepped and made the week of, while the other easy recipes for Thanksgiving will get scheduled in.

Related: How To Host Thanksgiving on a Budget + a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Planner

The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to make simple sides that don’t take up too much oven time. Think about what will need the oven and how to share space with the big bird.

Over the years, I’ve amassed a collection of over 40 easy Thanksgiving side dishes that are not only delicious but are real-time savers too.

Related: wondering how much food to make for the big meal? Remove the guesswork with Thanksgiving Dinner Serving Sizes

If you like to get your kids involved with cooking, many of these easy Thanksgiving sides are the perfect dishes to have your kids help with. The result is a delicious, stress-free meal that brings the family together.

If you’re preparing starters for the big meal, check out 27 Easy Thanksgiving Appetizer recipes. And if you’ve got leftovers to use up, we’ve got 42 recipes using Thanksgiving leftovers.

What are you making this year for Thanksgiving? Got anything new you’re trying? I would love to hear about it.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

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Need more Thanksgiving inspiration? My Thanksgiving Feast Pinterest board is packed with recipes, tips and decorating ideas. 

Originally posted 11/19/17, updated 11/8/18, 11/15/19 and 11/30/22.

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42 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Marshmallow Fruit Dip in a white bowl with strawberries & grapes | A Reinvented Mom

Appetizers & Starters

Classic Stuffed Mushrooms

Cranberry Orange Loaf

Sweet Potato and Candied Pecan Bruschetta

Fluffy Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with Fresh Fruit – an ARM family favorite

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry & Brie Crostini

Harvest Cheese Ball

Spicy & Sweet Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Craisins & Red Onion | A Reinvented Mom

Savory Salads

Thanksgiving Slaw

Brussels Sprouts, Squash & Pomegranate Salad

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Craisins – an ARM family favorite

Sicilian Orange Salad

Fall Salad with Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples & Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving Salad (aka Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan & Brie Salad)

Katie's Cornbread Casserole - Perfect for parties, potlucks & picnics | A Reinvented Mom

Savory Side Dishes 

Creamy Amish Mashed Potatoes

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Skillet Creamed Corn with Cream Cheese

Sweet & Spicy Cornbread Casserole

Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

Air Fryer Acorn Squash – oven baked directions included

How To Cook Whole Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker (no cutting, no peeling)

Cornflake Hashbrown Casserole

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges 

Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole – oven baked directions included

Roasted Lemon Balsamic Asparagus

Scalloped Potatoes with Gruyere

Fresh Green Beans with Garlic & Toasted Almonds

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Katie’s Cornbread Casserole – an ARM family favorite

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries

Crispy Air Fryer Turkey Legs

Glazed Sweet Potato Coins

Turkey Gravy

Mom's Creamy New York Fruit Salad - feature | A Reinvented Mom

Sweet Side Dishes 

Cranberry Fluff Salad

Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad – an ARM family favorite

Ambrosia Salad with Cool Whip

Creamy Grape Salad

Apple Pomegranate Salad

Mom’s Creamy New York Salad – an ARM family favorite

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce – an ARM family favorite

Dixie Salad

Cranberry Millionaire Salad

Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread - Feature | A Reinvented Mom

Breads/Quick Rolls

Easy Buttery Yeast Rolls

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread – an ARM family favorite

Homemade Cornbread Muffins – air fryer & oven directions

Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Biscuits

Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Heavenly Dinner Rolls

Amish Dinner Rolls

Harvest Grain Dinner Rolls


The Perfect Thanksgiving Drink

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria


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